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Sustainable Landcare Accreditation

2021 Training Open for Enrollment

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS: FEB 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, MAR 2, 4, 9, 11
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Rate for Professional Landcare Providers: 
$250 on or before Jan 11, 2021 ($275 after).

Reduced Rate for Environmental Nonprofits and Government and School Grounds Staff: 
$200 on or before Jan 11, 2021 ($250 after).

Scholarship Opportunities:
Partial scholarships are available for nonprofit, government and school staff as well as qualifying individuals. Download and complete our application and return to Juliette Olshock at for consideration.

Professional CEU’s Offered:

  • 13.5 PCH CEUs
  • 12.5 SLC CEUs
  • Up to 19 CEUs for ISA Certified Pros
  • 19.5 APLD CEUs
  • 21.25 ASLA CEUs
  • Pesticide Applicators Credits pending

To learn more, see our complete Sustainable Landcare standards and curriculum.

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Beautify Your Landscape with Phipps Sustainable Landcare Accredited Professionals

If you are a home or business owner looking for a professional to design, install or maintain your yard or landscape, consider a Phipps Sustainable Landcare Accredited Professional. You can have a beautiful lawn that is healthy for you, your children, your pets and the environment.

Demand for Sustainable Landcare

To meet the increasing demand for sustainable land care, Phipps offers training for landscape and lawn care professionals who care about their work and know that a healthy and beautiful home landscape is directly related to human health and the health of our environment. The local landcare professionals listed below have attended an extensive course and have pledged to provide the standard of excellence that you expect from Phipps.

Sustainable Landcare Accredited Professionals

Burghscape by Gargiulo Landscape
Service area: Western Pennsylvania
Accredited professional: Ashley Ressler
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, landscape architecture, installation, maintenance, hardscapes
Specialties: A holistic design-build team that takes joy in working with you to bring beauty and purpose to your outdoor living space

Cool Hand Carpentry and Landscaping
Service area: Edgewood, Swissvale, Regent Square, Squirrel Hill and Forest Hills
Accredited professional: Scott Fingal
Services: Organic lawn care, installation and maintenance
Specialties: Full-service landcare company with a specialty in preparing homes for sale; outdoor decks, porches, raised garden beds and other wood structures

Dancing Bee Garden Designs
Service area: North Hills
Accredited professional: Lisa Marie Bernardo
Services: Garden planning and design, installation, maintenance
Specialties: Garden re-design, native plant gardens and thrifty gardening

Dirt Landscaping Collective
Service area: City of Pittsburgh, Fox Chapel, Ligonier, Sewickley
Accredited professional: Multiple
Services: Garden planning and design, installation, maintenance, consulting
Specialties: Delicate, persistent and intentional full service landscape care; focus on native/regional plants, ecosystems and pollinators; certified wildlife habitat implementation

Fourth River Workers Guild
Service area:  Pittsburgh and surrounding region
Accredited professional: Mitch Hall
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, landscape architecture, installation, maintenance, hardscapes
Specialties: Sustainable forestry and land stewardship; backyard wildlife habitat; wood fired ovens, barbecue pits, and masonry heaters

Grounded Strategies
Service area: Allegheny County
Accredited professional: Masoud Sayles
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, landscape architecture, installation
Specialties: Vacant land stewardship plans – we guide residents through various land access and stewardship methods; green stormwater infrastructure – we perform small-scale (residential parcel) GSI including rain gardens and bioswales; children's outdoor play areas and nature-based education.

LGDG Landscape & Garden Design by Gwen, LLC
Service area: Pittsburgh, South Hills, East Hills, North Hills, western Pittsburgh suburbs
Accredited professional: Gwen Wisniewski
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design
Specialties: Planting, installation plans, landscape evaluations and hourly consults for homeowners, commercial landscapers, contractors and nurseries; consults and plans for DIY projects

Live Asset Management
Service area: Sewickley and North Hills
Accredited professional: Stasha Kaye
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, installation, and maintenance
Specialties: Native, pollinator, perennial and annual garden installation and maintenance; forest restoration; design, installation and consultation

Local Roots Landscaping
Service area:Greater Pittsburgh Area
Accredited professional: William Deemer
Services: Garden planning and design, landscape architecture, installation, maintenance and hardscapes
Specialties: Storm-water management/drainage; landscape design and installations; outdoor living spaces

Nurture the Nature Lawns & Landscapes
Service area: Eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh, including Fox Chapel and Murrysville
Accredited professional: Mark Winski
Services: Organic lawn care, consultation, garden planning and design, installation, maintenance
Specialties: Lawn remediation and renovations (partial or complete); trained and certified in organic and sustainable best practices, including hand trimming, pruning, and weeding; PA DOA Certified Professional for the care of lawns, ornamentals and stormwater management solutions

Stone | Grow
Service area: 60-mile radius of Pittsburgh
Accredited professional: Suzanne Pace
Services: Garden planning and design, consultations, installation, and on-going maintenance 
Specialties: Historic dry stone wall design, repair and/or rebuild; full service landscape design, build, and install; comprehensive organic fine gardening services 

Segelson's Daylillies LLC
Service area:Allegheny County, South Butler and Western Westmoreland
Accredited professional: Garrett Segelson
Services: Garden planning and design, installation and maintenance
Specialties: Organically grown daylilies

Service area: Allegheny County
Accredited professionals: Trey Marks and Marisa Strom
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, landscape architecture, installation, maintenance, hardscapes
Specialties: Stormwater management, native plantings, lawn alternatives, backyard wildlife habitat, IPM and tree trunk injections

Sunflower Valley Gardening & Design, LLC
Service area: Fox Chapel, Mars and Cranberry
Accredited professional: Raechel Worry
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, installation, maintenance
Specialties: Proper pruning at the right time, right plant/right place, container gardens

Service area: Pittsburgh, southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia
Accredited professional: Robert Foster
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, installation, maintenance, hardscapes
Specialties: Complete range of landscape design through construction services; outdoor living features including landscape illumination; environmental solutions such as wildlife habitats, greenroof installation, rain gardens, as well as remediation/restoration and stormwater management.

The Village Gardener

Service area: Edgewood, Regent Square, Squirrel Hill, Shadyside and other East End neighborhoods
Accredited professional: Jonathan King
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, installation and maintenance
Specialties: Shade gardens; artful design of small, native and/or naturalized gardens and landscapes; skillful pruning of ornamental shrubs

Supporter Level:

Benjamin Chilcote
Pittsburgh Job Corps

Gavin Deming
Allegheny GoatScape

James Hart

Kathleen A. Hrabovsky
3R Sustainability

Andy Moran
University of Pittsburgh

Jessica Runco
Touch of Green

Eric Sauers

Abby Anderson
Mark D'Amico
Michael Bosco
Dr. Ryan Gott
Jessica Horrenstein
Katie Schuller
Lauren Weeks
Gary Worthington
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Jaci Bruschi
Robin Eng
Maggie Herrick
Angela Yuele
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Specialized Training

Phipps Sustainable Landcare Accredited Professionals are trained in soil ecology; site analysis and design; organic pest, weed and disease control; storm water management; native plants of Western Pennsylvania; invasive plants; and more. To learn more, see our complete Sustainable Landcare standards and curriculum.

Our Sustainable Landcare Accredited Professionals have a deep understanding of what makes a landscape both beautiful and sustainable, and will work with you to help you make the best decisions for your property. From soil testing to plant placement, our professionals have the hard skills and critical thinking to make sure you are satisfied with your landscape for years to come.

For even more resources on establishing a beautiful, healthy lawn, check out our Phipps Safe Lawn and Landscaping archives.

Sustainable Landcare Accredited Professional Resources

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